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Pavan Mamidi

Associate Professor, IIM-A & Affiliated Professor, Harvard Law School

Prof. Pavan Mamidi is an associate professor at IIM Ahmedabad, and an affiliated professor with the Programme on Legal Profession at Harvard Law School. Prof. Mamidi's areas of research interest cover signaling theory, trust, social norms, contracting, behavioral ethics, negotiation, and experimental methods. He has held positions at Harvard, MIT, University of Michigan, and IIM Bangalore previously. 

He taught courses on legal institutions as an assistant professor at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, one of the country’s leading business and policy schools. He also developed and taught courses there for Indian policy makers and government officers. He has held visiting positions at MIT and the University of Michigan. In addition to his academic credentials, Pavan has extensive professional experience providing consulting services to the technology industry, covering both Indian and US firms. His early research included work on patenting criteria, technological innovation and the social costs of intellectual property. 

In his more recent work, he undertakes field-based empirical work on social norms, trust, and inter-ethnic negotiations. For instance, he conducted field interviews with left-wing guerrillas in tribal villages in south India to investigate their recruitment processes. He also contributes to training the government in strategies of peaceful conflict resolution, and draws the attention of belligerent actors in rebel areas to the rights of civilian victims who get caught in the crossfire. 

Pavan’s ongoing research at the Programme on the Legal Profession focuses on the role played by small town lawyers in negotiating, solving holdout problems, and settling disputes among farmers in the process of aggregation of land for industrialisation in India. He is also currently engaged in a RCT-based field experiment that measures the impact of criminalising bribe-giving on the supply-side of corruption. Pavan has a D.Phil in Sociology from Oxford, an LL.M from Harvard Law School, and an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Osmania University.

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